Marina Jraisat graduated from Wright State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal and Justice Studies and a minor in sociology. With a focus on the furtherance of her education, she returned to complete a graduate degree and Ms. Jraisat excelled in the Applied Behavioral Science Master’s Program with a 3.8 overall GPA. Marina is a Fall 2017 graduate of the program whose research has far-reaching applied implications regarding social and immigration policies. Her graduate project is entitled: “The Life and Experiences of Middle Eastern Immigrants in the U.S” and the primary goal of this research was to focus on the self-reported experiences of Middle Easterners immigrants in the United States. This qualitative study utilized interviews to explore the life and experiences of Middle-Eastern immigrants in the U.S and the perception of Middle-Eastern immigrants regarding recent political and policy changes. Topics such as discrimination, harassment, 9/11, and anti-immigrant policies were elucidated in this research. Marina’s future plans include working in the criminal justice field and attending law school. The ABS program is proud to choose Marina as the designee for this year’s Graduate Student Excellence Award!